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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Classes
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Hoovers: Search the World’s Largest Business Directory

Looking for timely business information, developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer, researching competitive intelligence, or grasping industry developments? Discover the resourcefulness of Hoovers in handling these topics.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Annual Holiday Gathering

Join members and friends for some holiday cheer and lively conversation while relaxing to musical interludes. Enjoy gourmet cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and tempting libations! 

Members and Their Guests - $10

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan, talks about how she defends the rule of law.

Members Only - Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

One-on-one technology consultations

Reserve a half hour with our tech experts to get assistance with your technology questions.

Members Only - Free
Registration required (see description for info)

Classes
Friday, January 09, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

eBook Workshop: Axis360

Learn about, and get started using, the library's new ebook service, Axis360.

Members Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Bones of Paris

By Laurie R. King

Paris, France: September 1929. Private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, on the hunt for a missing twenty-two year old woman from Boston, must descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer hiding in the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre. 

Members on
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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester began on September 10th, and these groups are now closed to additional registrations. Registration will open in February for the new semester beginning in March 2015.

Registration is closed
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Emporium Department Store

An evening with author Anne Evers Hitz

Anne Evers Hitz discusses her book Emporium Department Store.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester began on September 10th, and these groups are now closed to additional registrations. Registration will open in February for the new semester beginning in March 2015.

Registration is closed
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Financial Advisory Letters

Learn about the Library’s collection of more than twenty investment letter subscriptions covering stocks, mutual funds, commodities, turnaround situations, technical analysis, and market timing.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Writers’ Mixer

Are you interested in joining a writers' group or connecting with other Mechanics' Institute writers? Come to this networking hour and learn about the writers' groups that are currently looking for new members and meet other writers that are interested in forming a group.

Members Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Members Only - Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

How to use the Internet Archive

Learn how to use this great resource for history researchers. Learn to find all kinds of digitized material: documents, journals, city directories, and more!

Members Only - Free

Classes
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Excel Basics

Whether you are seeking to learn spreadsheet skills or trying to upgrade to a new version of Excel, this class will provide you with the basic tools to start using Excel immediately.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Panorama: Tales From San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition

An evening with author Lee Bruno

Join us and Mechanics' Institute member author Lee Bruno in our first PPIE Centennial event. Mr. Bruno will present his new book Panorama, a collection of essays on the Exposition's key players, celebrities, and guests

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester began on September 10th, and these groups are now closed to additional registrations. Registration will open in February for the new semester beginning in March 2015.

Registration is closed
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, The Code of Beauty

An evening with author Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra, author of the international bestseller Sacred Games, offers his distinctive view of aesthetics and high tech in this nonfiction debut about the surprising overlap between writing and computer coding.

Members Free
Asia Society Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:45pm

Clone of The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester began on September 10th, and these groups are now closed to additional registrations. Registration will open in February for the new semester beginning in March 2015.

Registration is closed
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Learn to research and analyze companies to obtain competitor intelligence and access in-depth industry profiles using this database.

Members Only - Free